Nice article from Jayson Stark about the phenoms of spring. Cueto tops the list, but Volquez is not too far behind. And he also managed to slip Josh Hamilton in there, who as we all know has been turning heads in Arizona.
Is it just me, or does Stark seem to have a slight man crush on the Reds this year?
"Cueto has been putting on a show from day one, blowing mid-90s fastballs past good hitters, freezing them with his dive-bombing slider, throwing invisible changeups on any count and doing it all with a presence and command that makes it tough to believe he's still only 21."
"A scout we know announced to a large delegation of onlookers the other day: "The best trade this winter was Edinson Volquez for Josh Hamilton."
And after that Josh Hamilton riff a few paragraphs to the north, you would probably agree -- except that this scout meant it the other way around. That's how dazzling Volquez has been this spring."